STALEMATE

Mubarak Is Ready to Negotiate

Embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has bowed to seven days of protests against his regime and asked his newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman, to lead negotiations with the opposition, Suleiman announced on state TV Monday. The former intelligence chief said he would discuss legislative and constitutional reforms as well as possible elections, and that the focus of Mubarak's government was still to fight corruption and unemployment. The announcement comes just as opposition activists have called for a national strike and a million-person march to begin tomorrow—and Egypt’s military has vowed not to use force against the protests.